aloo kofta in gravy | potato patties with curry

Most of the food we eat regularly doesn’t get written into recipes despite the fact that it’s delicious. Why? I can never wait long enough to take pictures – I just want to get stuck in and eat it! Often, the tantalising smell that’s been wafting through the house is enough to tease and tempt…

wild strawberry kheer

Wild strawberries were one of the best things about my childhood. When spring and summer would come (their season is April – July), we would be walking about in the woodlands and stumble upon these little plants with delicate white flowers bearing the most beautiful tiny strawberries that looked like little rubies. Ever since that first time, we went back to the same spot to gather a batch every year.

egg dum biryani

A huge pot of steaming biryani arriving onto the dinner table is a sure sign that you’re going to be for a treat. Richly flavoured and full of surprising textures, biryani is synonymous with splendid food and popular all throughout India. I’ve made so many versions of biryani – classic vegetable biryani, paneer biryani, mushroom…

spinach pesto risotto

Wishing you a very happy summer solstice! Today is the longest day of the year in the Northern hemisphere, and the solstice been celebrated in the UK for centuries. Since it’s now officially midsummer, we had better celebrate! We’ve been having a mini-heatwave here. London has hit temperatures of 35°c, and my city around 30°c…

besan ladoo

One of the most recognisable exotic sweets from the Indian continent, besan ladoo are deliciously nutty and sweet, half gooey and half crumby. If I remember rightly, the very first time I made the foray into the dizzying world of Indian desserts  I spent the afternoon making besan ladoo.  I found the word so cute…

hibiscus hot & cold brew tea

Now that the fresh tinge of summer is in the air it’s a great time to be indulging and experimenting with the wide variety of herbal & floral teas available for making into beautiful, soothing and refreshing brews. Nowadays you can buy several wonderful herbal tea mixes, but another option is to brew the tea yourself from dried flowers such…

mushroom patty sliders

Delicious vegetarian patties that are crisp on the outside, wet and soft on the inside – and deliver flavour that could rival any first-rate burger? Coming right up. I realised today I was unequivocally missing America. Recently we went to the USA for a short break where we managed to get all the way from…

coconut & almond karanji

This year my birthday fell on Easter Sunday, which is possibly the most revered day of the calendar for Christians. After 40 days of fasting for Lent, and a Holy Week beginning on Palm Sunday (which celebrates Jesus’ arrival to Jerusalem), Easter Sunday is celebrated as ‘The Resurrection’; 3 days after his crucification, Christ rose…

saffron & samphire spanish paella

Paella de verduras. That’s “paella of vegetables”, which translates to an absolutely delicious vegetarian rice dish packed with flavour and hearty goodness. Paella as we know it originated Valencia, Spain. It’s perhaps one of the most recognisable and famous Spanish dishes, famed for it’s use of golden saffron, ground peppers, and tasty rice – the most important ingredient….

kanafeh | rose water soaked cheese pastry

How had I not tried this by now? Kanafeh (also spelt as kunafeh, kadayif and many other variations) is a sweet dessert from the Levant. It’s generally agreed to have originated in Palestine, but now many other countries have adapted the recipe by putting their own unique spin on it. The recipe I am presenting to…

mystery blogger | award

Just when I think I’m ready to start writing a blog post … just when I’ve put my next recipe in the making into the oven, I decide I’m also going to make ice cream by hand –  and there goes the idea of leisurely writing a blog post to the smell of baking cakes! Well, here I am, and I’ve…

tempura samphire

Tempura is a Japanese dish referring to small strips of food that have been fried in a light batter. If you’ve not yet tried tempura vegetables, I urge you to; this batter is the lightest, airy, fluffiest, and probably healthiest batter that you’ll come across. A true defining mark of the dish is that the coating is always…